Borough Council Minutes 02-12-2013

MANHEIM BOROUGH

COUNCIL MEETING

February 12, 2013

 

Roll Call: Vice President Chris Simon, Pro-Tempore Philip Enterline, David Fenicle, John Eshelman and Rebekah Bowers

 

Staff:   Linda Gerhart, Recording Secretary and Police Chief Joseph Stauffer

 

Approval of the January 29, 2013 Minutes:

  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Enterline to approve the Minutes of the January 29, 2013 Borough Council Meeting.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Fenicle and passed unanimously.

 

Financial Reports:

  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Enterline to approve the voucher list in the amount of $120,141.22.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Eshelman and passed unanimously.
  • A Motion was moved Mr. Fenicle to approve the PD Fund voucher list in the amount of $307.92 for the Canine Fund. The Motion was seconded by Mr. Enterline and passed unanimously.

 

Visitor Comments:

  • Fire Chief Dan Reif presented the Year End Report for The Hope Fire Engine & Hose Company No. 1 of Manheim.  He highlighted the 2012 statistics and gave an overview of their service to Manheim Borough as well as the neighboring municipalities.  He updated council on the grants they received in 2012.  The Borough was thanked for their support of the Fire Company.  The Fire Company was thanked by council for their continued service to the community.
  • Mr. Dick Adair of 230 Adele Avenue was present to question and comment on the current condition of the North Point drainage swale located at his property.  He gave background information that he had on this project.  He feels the suggested solution from the borough engineer is not going to solve the problem.  It was noted that this does not have anything to do with the Miller Property that is also having issues with flooding in that area of the borough.
  • Mr. Lyle Cunningham, Commander for the American Legion was present to inform council that they will no longer be able to pay for the Christmas Lights on the Square.  They also asked for consideration in reduction of the fees they are being charged for Water, Sewer and Municipal Services, as they only use their building for two hours a month.
  • Mrs. Emily Ditzler questioned the number of council seats available for election this year and the procedures for elections.  Mrs. Ditzler and her husband Robert were also looking for an apology from a council member for a matter that happened after the council meeting on January 29th.  She gave a brief explanation why she felt it should be part of the public record.  The matter will be discussed between the individuals after the council meeting.

 

Mayor and Police Chief Reports: (See attached News Release and Report)

  • Chief Stauffer distributed his report and reviewed it with Council.  Chief Stauffer distributed his Year End Report and highlighted some of the statistics especially those that now include Rapho Township coverage.  The four areas that remain a concern in the borough in relation to crimes are rentals, theft, traffic and drugs.  Home Security Plans in regards to forced entry and home invasions was questioned and discussed.

 

Borough Manager Report:

  • The Borough Manager Report was distributed to Council for their review.

 

Shade Tree Commission:

  • Ms. Jean Gates was present to update council on the Shade Tree Commission Matching $1,500 Tree Maintenance Grant she is pursuing and to present the Shade Tree Commission members for appointment.
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to appoint Ms. Jean Gates to the Shade Tree Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2018.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Enterline and passed unanimously.
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to appoint Ms. Carol Shank to the Shade Tree Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2017.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Eshelman and passed unanimously.
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to appoint Ms. Deb Good Allen to the Shade Tree Commission for a term expiring December 31, 2016.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Enterline and passed unanimously.
    • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to approve the submission of an application for a Matching $1,500 Tree Maintenance Grant.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers passed unanimously.

 

Committee Reports:

  • Public Works Committee noted the truck discussed at the last council meeting that needed repairs during the snow event was not the new truck as reported but the older one.

 

New Business:

  • The MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) Program Proposal from the Borough Engineer was presented for review and discussion.  The possible use of CDBG funds for this type of work was questioned.  The proposal will be discussed further at the next council meeting when more information will be available from Mr. Gabriel.

 

Committee Reports:

  • The Logan Park light that was reported out at a previous council meeting has been repaired.

 

Executive Session:

  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Eshelman to adjourn to Executive Session for the discussion of personnel matters at 8:01 PM.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.
  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Enterline to adjourn from Executive Session at 9:00 PM.  The Motion was seconded by Mr. Fenicle and passed unanimously.

 

  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Eshelman to hire Maggie Miller for the period of March 18 thru March 22, 2013 to assist with office work.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.
  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Fenicle to approve the Pool Management Contract between Manheim Borough and Hammerguard Aquatics.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed with a vote of 4 to 1.  Mr. Eshelman was the nay vote.

 

 

 

 

Adjournment:

  • A Motion was moved by Mr. Eshelman to adjourn at 9:03 PM.  The Motion was seconded by Ms. Bowers and passed unanimously.

 

Respectfully Submitted
 

Linda Gerhart

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